the Eagles’ nest

I’m thinking this might very well be the last time I get to watch over this Bald Eagles’ nest before I move south. This will be the fourth season I’ve anxiously watched for a sighting of the new eaglets. Each of the first two years they had only the one chick. Last year it looked like they successfully fledged two. Still waiting to see what they produce this year.

Lucky catch of one of the adults flying from the roost tree to the nest.

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For a point of reference, the above shot is taken from across the river with my 300 mm lens. I can just barely make out the eagles in the nest without the long lens. All the previous shots in the slide show were pretty heavily cropped.

You ought not to be rude to an eagle, when you are only the size of a hobbit, and are up in his eyrie at night! 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

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22 thoughts on “the Eagles’ nest

  1. It’s so stabilizing to see life forms return season after season in the same location. You’re lucky to have witnessed them, and we’re lucky to see a little bit too. I just read this morning that a nest in Seattle that’s been active several years running now has two chicks. Any day now!

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    • I’ve been watching a lot of bird nest-cams this season. The drama we never got to see previously is incredible. There’s been an osprey attack on an osprey couple, killing their one chick. My favorites are the owls, esp. the Great Gray Owl with her four chicks. https://explore.org/live-cams/player/great-gray-owl-nest Explore.org gives you a whole lineup of available nests. It’s pretty amazing, but (warning!) highly addictive.

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  2. Great photos, Gunta, and look at how big that nest grew! I know you will miss them, now you have the challenge of discovering a new pair of Eagles and locate a nest local to your new home. 🙂

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  3. How very fortunate for you to have watched this special nest for four years, Gunta; I can imagine it would be hard to leave it behind. Hopefully there will be many more nests for you to watch in your new place. As for the bald eagles, we are so very, very lucky to have this incredible bird still on our planet, they made a handsome population come-back. Wonderful to see them here. I look forward to seeing your new eaglets.

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    • We’ve caught glimpses of an osprey roosting in a tree next to our property at the new house. Then the last time we were there I managed to catch some shots of a bird we think might be a juvenile bald eagle. It was clear across the creek on a mountaintop pretty far off, so even enlarged and cropped it was difficult to judge, but that hooked beak was very distinct and certainly looked to be a bald eagle. Can’t wait to make all those new discoveries!

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    • Oh I am, I am! Then again we saw a juvenile bald eagle (without the characteristic white head and tail) clear across the valley from the new house. He might be looking for a new home (nest) nearby. We’re also seeing quite a few osprey, kingfishers, herons, egrets, just to mention a few. The creek in front of the house seems to be a flyway for lots of birds. Eric has already planted willow cuttings next to the creek and shaping them into a blind where we can sit and watch the birds zoom by…

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